I’m thinking of employing an apprentice – which level do I need?

The current adult social care apprenticeship framework consists of six components which cover a broad range of learning and development skills.

Each component can be taken at a different levels – level 2, 3 and 5. Levels are linked to the requirements of a job role. Level 2 is an entry level - with level 3 for a senior worker, and level 5 a management level.

Each of the six components incorporate a vast array of units on different topics – such as dementia and learning disabilities - which can be taken at an intermediate and advanced level.

The important thing to remember is that individual’s previous qualifications will be taken into account when considering a care apprenticeship – as well as identifying special training needs required to work in a particular area and role of adult social care.

From May 2017, Apprenticeship Frameworks will start to be replaced with Apprenticeship Standards.

To see what the new Standards will look like, click on this link: New Apprenticeship Roles and Training and Testing Needed

You can access further information by visiting the Skills for Care website here, which also has information on the new Apprenticeship Levy.